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The State of Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States of America. Most of the state is a large peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on its west and the Atlantic Ocean on its east. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, except for southern Florida, where the climate borders on tropical and the Florida Keys, which have a tropical climate. Florida was named by Juan Ponce de León, who landed on the peninsula on 2 April 1513, during Pascua Florida (Spanish for “Flowery Easter,” referring to the Easter season). Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean, particularly the Bahamas and Cuba. Florida’s extensive coastline made it a perceived target during World War II, so the government built airstrips all around the state. Today approximately 400 airports are still in service due to the coastal geography of the state. Florida is one of the largest states east of the Mississippi. Only Alaska and Michigan are larger in water area.
At 345 feet (105 m) above mean sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida and the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state. Contrary to popular belief, however, Florida is not entirely “flat.” Some places, such as Clearwater, feature vistas that rise 50 to 100 feet (15–30 m) above the water. Much of the interior of Florida, typically 25 miles (40 km) or more away from the coastline, features hills with elevations ranging from 100 to 250 feet (30–76 m) in many locations. Lake County holds the highest point of peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain, at 312 feet (95 m).

 

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News from Tampa Bay from The Tampa Tribune

It's Movember, which means men everywhere will be abandoning their razors and letting their facial hair take over in an to raise awareness for men's health issues. So maybe it's no coincidence that th...

 

ORLANDO -- A prosecutor on Friday cast a former Florida A&M University band member as the orchestrator of the 2011 beating death of a drum major who, as part of a hazing ritual, pushed his way...

 

A judge says the South Carolina woman accused of trying to kill her three children by driving her minivan into the Atlantic Ocean off Daytona Beach can send them pre-printed cards. But Circuit Judge L...

 

FORT KENT, Maine - Kaci Hickox is free to travel unrestricted after a Maine judge on Friday rejected the state's bid to limit her movements as a medical worker who has treated Ebola patients. Judge Ch...

 

WALDO -- A judge in north Florida has dismissed the last three speeding tickets written by police officers from a small town with a notorious reputation as a speed trap. The move came after officials ...

 

LAND O' LAKES -- Contract negotiations between the Pasco County School District and the union that represents school employees became an exercise in dueling emails after the district presented a propo...

 

We officially "fall back" to standard time at 2 a.m. Sunday and regain that extra hour of sleep that we lost when daylight saving time started more than seven months ago.

 

TAMPA - Two new polls out Thursday appeared to show the Florida governor's race is still a toss-up: One showed Democratic challenger Charlie Crist up 3 points and another has incumbent Republican Rick...

 

WASHINGTON -- Five Native Americans are asking a Virginia judge to dismiss a lawsuit the Washington Redskins filed after the group successfully challenged the team's name, arguing it is offensive. Law...

 

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News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV

Beautiful weather for The Final Round         

 

Fans turned away from Funk Fest at Metro Park         

 

Michael Sam has been picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team.     &...

 

Neighbors help mail carrier 'Stamp Out Hunger'         

 

Three boys are being questioned by officers after they were seen throwing homemade explosive devices in a Northside neighborhood.       &nbsp...

 

A 29-year-old woman was dragged beneath a vehicle near Oceanway on Saturday.         

 

A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 8-year-old boy reported missing out of Miami, authorities said Saturday.        &...

 

An investigation is ongoing after a car crashed into a Publix supermarket in North Naples         

 

A Jacksonville man is in critical condition after his motorcycle hit another vehicle head-on Friday evening, authorities said.        &a...

 

Parents can oppose what textbooks are used in their children's classrooms         

 
 

South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel

A man and a woman were taken into custody Friday after chemicals were found in the trunk of the car they were driving in Hollywood, police said.

 

A Broward County schools committee is recommending Lauderdale Lakes Commissioner Gloria Lewis be suspended from her teaching position for 10 days without pay for allegedly hitting a student in her cla...

 

A burglary suspect is being held without bond after leading police on a pursuit through Broward that saw him driving toward oncoming traffic at speeds of 100 mph after hitting an officer with his car,...

 

It was a treat-free trick that two masked men pulled on an employee of The Check Cashing Store in Dania Beach: They broke in to the business through the roof, and tried to rob the place on Halloween. ...

 

Count on beach-area roads to be more jammed than usual this weekend as more than 100,000 visitors head to the city's waterways for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

 

As plans move forward for uptown Fort Lauderdale's future, it's cars that are taking a back seat and pedestrians who are doing the driving.

 

Nova Southeastern University plans to rename its Oceanographic Center in honor of wildlife artist and conservationist Guy Harvey.

 

After three attempted abductions of two girls and a woman in downtown Hollywood within the past two weeks, police on Thursday released a second sketch of possible suspects.

 

Ray Briant III wants to put history in the palm of your hand.

 

A helicopter, a K-9 unit and an airboat were used in the rescue of an 85-year-old man who was reported missing in West Palm Beach and found in Broward County.

 
 

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